From 25 January to 6 February a group of 16 managers and trainers from Indonesia’s forestry training institutions and experts from the Forestry Ministry’s Human Resource Development Agency are attending a tailor-made management training in Bonn, Germany. The programme designed by GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation not only includes interactive learning sessions in the classroom, but also expert dialogues with managers of German training institutions and human resource developers in the forest sector. Learning about and discussing arrangements for forestry education and training to meet the needs of forest management and administration in Germany will inspire participants to reflect challenges and to further develop approaches for human resource development and capacity building in Indonesia specifically with a view to supplying the emerging Forest Management Units (FMU) with qualified personnel. “The training will support us in our mission to strengthen the national and regional forestry training institutions”, says Dr. Agus Justianto, Director of the Ministry’s Center for Forestry Education and Training, “and to commit to our shared vision of moving from standard to excellence in training design and delivery”.
Berau regency is famous for its high quality and quantity of wild honey. However, due to increasing forest conversion for plantations and deforestation, concerns are increasing that the honey production will decrease or even disappear in the future. Therefore, on 26-28 November 2012, the Berau District Forest Service together with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), GIZ FORCLIME, the local NGO Nemdoh Nemdung and the community of Kelay Sub-district conducted a training on Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Honey. The event was attended by community representatives from 6 villages located close to West Berau Forest Management Unit, namely Duhung Long, Long Lanuk, Lesan Dayak, Merabu, Panaan and Merapun villages.
GIZ FORCLIME facilitated the training through providing resource persons from West Kalimantan: a trainer in forest honey harvesting from the Pontianak-based NGO KABAN and a wild honey farmer from the Periau Association of Lake Sentarum (APDS). During the training, participants were introduced to a new method for making artificial beehives called tikung which are popular in Lake Sentarum. A Tikung is an artificial honeycomb made of wood and placed on the tree, but not too high, so that harvesting the honey becomes easier than with the natural hives located high up in the trees. Materials for making the artificial hives are easy to get and they are not too difficult to make. In addition to making and installing tikung, participants also obtained knowledge and information on sustainable harvesting, packaging of harvested honey, and marketing wild honey.
With the technology transfer gained through the training in Kelay local communities will be able to make a real breakthrough with the utilisation of this Non-Timber-Forest-Product. For generations they have harvested the wild honey from a height of 40-70 meters with minimum safety devices, consequently, wild honey harvesting has been a very dangerous business for them. Encouraged by the training villagers were now keen to try the new technique hoping that the bees will accept the artificial hives.
After the training, participants developed follow-up plans, such as (1) Making 10-15 tikung to be installed at their respective villages, (2) Establishing honeybee farmer groups to facilitate coordination between villages, (3) Coordinating with the District Forestry Service for obtaining support for further development. The participants also agreed to meet again in February 2013 to evaluate their action plan.